Magazine Spring 2007
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
> A Salute to the
reatest -Gener atiDn
Dr. Randall J. Webb, i965, i966
Northwestern State University
Since Northwestem's founding, its students, faculty, staff
and alumni have had a strong sense of community. That com-
mitment has taken many forms, from involvement in local
churches, charities and civic organizations to public service, which includes serving in
In this issue, you will read the stories of three members of a group that has been
called The Greatest Generation. These people left their lives, homes and families to
save the world during World War II. The people of Northwestern have always been will-
ing to serve their country in the armed forces and today NSU students and alumni are
on duty in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world.
Northwestern has always had a strong devotion to its past and has worked to pre-
serve buildings which are meaningful to our alumni. A new project has started to restore
the Varnado Hall ballroom to its past glory. The completion of this project will not only
add to the luster of Varnado Hall, but will provide a gathering place for campus and com-
munity events. I hope you will consider supporting this worthwhile effort.
By the time you receive this issue, NSU will have been visited by a team from the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
as part of the university's reaffirmation of accreditation. The team will examine all facets
of the university to determine if NSU meets the guidelines of the association.
The university has been working on reaffirmation for several years and the process
has been beneficial. We have identified areas which are strong as well as those which
we can improve.
I know you share my goal of making Northwestern an even better place and I thank
you for your continued support of your alma mater.
Dr. Chris Maggio, i985, 1991
Director of Alumni and Development
My fellow alumni:
The opening of our Alumni Plaza last fall opened a well of
memories for many alumni and friends who visited the new
courtyard. I saw many friends of Northwestern proudly point out
their personalized engraved bricks and tiles. This project was planned so that the
opportunity to be a part of the Plaza will continue for many years and will be available
to future alumni.
I cannot say enough about the importance alumni play in promoting Northwestern
to prospective students and in encouraging and supporting current students. Involve-
ment opportunities exist in all disciplines and areas of interest. Former Spirit of North-
western band members, take note of an upcoming fund drive for new uniforms. Check
with the department head of your former academic discipline to see if a service oppor-
tunity exists there. And, as always, your presence at recruiting receptions and other
gatherings is invaluable.
One aspect of getting involved is staying in touch. Please take a moment to go on-
line to www.northwesternalumni.com and click on "Update our Files." You can also sub-
scribe to our Alumni e-news, which will send you monthly updates of happenings on
campus. A form for updates is also available on Page 16 of this publication and can be
dropped in the mail.
We appreciate your hard work and efforts in passing the torch to the next genera-
tion of Northwestern alumni. Please visit campus often and let me know if I can be of
assistance to you. Thank you for representing our alma mater in the most positive light
in your community and thank you for your continued support of Northwestern.
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COVER: Tandy E. Jackson (seated) and A.L. Wilson remembered their experiences during World War II, as well as
ttieir student days at Notlhiwestern, for ttiis issue. Jackson, age 90, resides in Coustiatta. Wilson, age 84, is an
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It is the policy of Northwestern State University of
Louisiana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color,
religion, sex. national origin, age, or disability in its educa-
tional programs, activities or employment practices.
World War II veterans
share memories of days of service and sacrifice
Those among the Greatest
Generation, our fathers and grand-
fathers - and mothers and grand-
mothers — who served during World
War II, both in the military and in volun-
teer capacities, are rapidly vanishing
from the American landscape. Most grew
up during the Depression and, when the
war was over, turned their attention to
rearing young families. Many took
advantage of the GI Bill and earned col-
lege degrees that would otherwise have
been out of their reach.
The Navy was a dominant presence
at Northwestern during wartime when the
U.S. Navy Academic Refresher Unit was
established on campus to provide review
courses in math, physics, English and his-
tory as Navy students made the transition
from their status as enlisted men to that of
Northwestern is proud to count many
veterans among its alumni. Their stories
of teamwork, courage and optimism
serve as an inspiration to following gen-
AJL. Wilson, who attended Normal
from 1940-42, witnessed the raising of
the two flags at Iwo Jima and spent 36
days on the island. A native of Boyce,
Wilson was living on campus in Caspari
when he returned one Sunday afternoon
from a weekend at home and someone
called out to him. "They bombed Pearl
Harbor." Four months later, at age 17. he
"When I was in the Marine Corp.
after camp, I joined a regiment of para-
troopers. They sent us to the South
Pacific but we couldn't jump in the jun-
gles. We were assigned as assault troops
and made raids on islands in the Solomon
group," he said. As a platoon sergeant
with the 3rd Battalion, 28th Regiment,
5th Marine Division in charge of demoli-
tion. Wilson led a platoon that handled
flamethrowers, bazookas and other
"When we hit the beach for Iwo
Jima, the object was to take Mount
Suribachi, the highest point on the island.
It took three or four days to take
Suribachi. Iwo Jima was the toughest. In
the south Pacific, we had disease. We did-
n't have food and water. And the island
itself.... But we survived if we were
tough." he said. "I was hit twice, once by
a piece of artillery shell and a rifle bullet
grazed me. Most of my buddies were
killed." Wilson was one of 12 men of the
56 in the platoon to survive.
Wilson and his division had trained
in Hawaii to get them accustomed to the
terrain, but on Iwo Jima. the volcanic
island itself was hostile. He recalled dig-
ging foxholes that were too hot to sleep in
and the horrors of flushing the enemy out
of caves with flamethrowers.
Wilson married his wife, the former
Katherine Koon. on a 30-day furlough in
February 1944. almost
exactly one year before the
Iwo Jima flag raising. i
Katherine earned a degree
in home economics at
Normal and found a job
Before he enlisted
Wilson was a physical
education major at Normal
brought in by Coach Harry
"Rags" Turpin on a partial
track/partial football schol-
arship.Walter Ledet was
his first coach. He men-
tioned Arnold Kilpatrick
and Rene Bienvenu as for-
mer teammates and he
remains good friends with
Tom Paul and Maxine
Southerland. Back then,
he recalled, there were
only 1 .500 students on
campus and one security
guard that the students
called "Uncle Jack."
"It was a teacher col-
lege, so there were four
girls to every boy," Wilson
remembered. "We had a
dance band and you knew
everybody on campus."
After the war. Wilson
returned home and he and
Katherine started a fami-
ly. He eventually went to
work at the V.A. Hospital in Pineville.
where he worked for 33 years, and fin-
ished his degree at Louisiana College.
The couple raised two children, a son,
who is deceased, and a daughter who
resides in Lafayette. They have three
grandchildren. Wilson was also a football
referee and is the only surviving charter
member of the Football Officials
"I have talked about it more in the
last year." said Wilson, now age 84.
"Most people don't realize what we went
through. Thirty-six days is a long time to
go without a bath, or a shave or a change
On being part of what is called the
Greatest Generation Wilson said. "It
Mr and Mrs. A.L. Wilson (nee Katherine Koon) on their wed-
ding day, Feb. 27, 1945
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makes me feel good. We
always wanted to give a little
bit more for our children and
most of us did. The greatest
thing about coming out of the
War was the G.l. Bill for us to
go back to school."
"We, as a generation, first
went through the Depression.
My mother died when I was 8
and my brother was four and
we were raised by our grand-
parents. We learned to deal
with the Depression.
Everybody was in the same
boat. When the war came
along, we handled that, too."
Myra Gulledge, who
worked for many years as
director of the Baptist Student
Union at Northwestern,
joined the Army and was a
medical technician at
Kennedy Hospital in
Memphis for 15 months.
She served from 1944-46.
Gulledge attended col-
lege for two years at
Mississippi College, where
she completed several
chemistry classes. Her
mother was a nurse and she
considered a career in the
medical field before she
enlisted at age 20.
"My mother died when I
was 15 and my father did not
want me to join, because he
was a World War I veteran and
didn't believe women should
be in the service. I took it
upon myself to do it," she
said. "I had always been patri-
otic and dated a young man
who was lost in the Marshalls
and I never heard what hap-
pened." The young man, a
bombadier. was listed as
Missing in Action.
After enlisting, Gulledge
completed six weeks of boot
camp at Fort Oglethorpe in
Georgia and recalled an exer-
cise in which she had to wear
a gas mask and crawl on her
stomach through a tent, a
reminder of her father's expe-
rience being gassed in World
War I. She then went to Camp
Atterbury in Indiana to train
as a medical technical. Army
nurses were in high demand
and there were many young
women willing to enlist, she
"We worked night and
day, practically," she said.
"Sometimes we studied 12-14
hours day." Trained as a med
tech. her area of specialty was
in hemoglobin and blood
work. At that time. Kennedy
was the largest Army hospital
in the United States with as
many as 7.000 patients, many
of them soldiers wounded in
the Pacific and Europe.
Gulledge pulled long shifts,
drawing blood and performing
"Some days, we took 50
or 60 pints of blood. We were
desperate for blood." she said.
The hospital also had the
largest paraplegic unit in the
country and the work was
emotionally draining. "Some
of the soldiers were very beat
up and I never wanted to do
any of that type of work again.
I didn't stay in that field
because it was so painful for
Gulledge was discharged
July 5, 1946, finished her
degree at Mississippi College
and went on to seminary at
Southwest Baptist Theological
Seminary in Fort Worth. She
was BSU director for over 37
years, retiring in 1988. She
became part of campus life
and took a home economics
family life class under Marie
Shaw Dunn. During that time,
she worked with many foreign
students, hosting about 20 of
them in her home during their
college years. She still hears
from most of them.
"I had always wanted to
be a missionary to China," she
said. "I came to NSU and
realized I didn't have to go to
China to minister to foreign
students. I never did get to go
to China, except as a tourist."
Her military experience
was a positive one.
"The Army experience
gave me stability and I felt
like I was able to do things at
20 that I could not have done,"
she said. "It taught me
responsibility and discipline
that I needed."
Tandy Jackson re-
ceived a draft notice in the lat-
ter part of 1941 and went into
the service in 1942. He was
one of thousands of soldiers
who landed on the beaches at
Normandy following the ini-
tial wave of invading D-Day
troops and earned a Bronze
Star, a Silver Star and a Purple
Heart during service in
A native of Coushatta,
Jackson was an all-conference
basketball player and team
captain at Normal. After grad-
uation in 1940, he went to
work for General Motors and
married the former Kathleen
Brown in 1941.
"I was drafted in the
Infantry and had basic at Fort
Polk. When I got through
with Basic, I was assigned to
the 82nd Airborne Division."
He later attended officer train-
ing school, got a commission
and was sent first to Texas,
then to Fort Dix, N J., with the
80th Division, where he
trained and was sent directly
overseas to combat, leaving
his wife and 3-month-old son.
Crossing the Atlantic on the
Queen Mary took six days.
After being given sup-
plies in Manchester, "they
took us out on a ship and let us
down on rope ladders to a
Higgins boat, a mile or so
from the beach," he remem-
bered. This was about 20 days
after the initial storming of the
beach at Normandy by the
first wave of troops.
"After a lot of confusion,
I got my company back
together. I was commander of
H Company of the 80th
Division, 2nd Battalion, a
weapons company, operating
heavy machine guns and mor-
tars J' he said. "We went
maybe 12-15 miles inland in
the hedgerow country where
we met our first engagement.
The 1st Battalion was mowed
down like sticks of woods.
After we lost the men in the
1st, they brought up the tanks
and we marched behind the
tanks, so by the time we got
there, there was no firing
on us at all. The Germans
were retreating. We didn't
encounter another engage-
ment until we got to the
Moselle River in France,
where we got our first taste of
The Germans had the
high ground at the Moselle
and launched a midnight
counter attack. Jackson's
troops retreated back across
the river where he and two
platoons of his company were
ordered to take Mousson Hill.
"We held that hill two
days and two nights till they
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brought up reinforcements.
That's where they gave me the
Bronze Star," he said.
Jackson earned a Silver Star in
Germany following an inci-
dent in which he encountered
some women at a house in a
village and tried to ask if there
were any men there.
Suddenly, a cellar door flew
open and a group of German
soldiers came out with their
"I marched them down
the road and handed them
over to the MPs and I got a
Silver Star for that," he said.
Some of the memories are
painful, remembering the
comrades that were lost in
combat, but there were bright
coincidences, such as running
into his friend and Normal
basketball teammate Charles
F. "Red" Thomas in Belgium.
Thomas returned home from
the war to a long career as a
coach, professor and adminis-
trator at Northwestern.
"I was on the front line
for a solid year. When I came
home, the war was just about
over," Jackson said. "We had
taken Berlin and were going
to Czechoslovakia to make
contact with the Russians
when I got my orders to come
After the war, he came
back to Louisiana, had three
more children, and worked as
an insurance adjustor for sev-
eral years in Alexandria
before returning to Coushatta
to coach for 12 years. He was
later director of the Social
Security Disability Insurance
office before retirement.
Jackson recalls his years
at Normal as the most fun he
had. He attended Normal on a
scholarship arranged by
Coach Lee Prather and was
inducted into the N Club in
1983 for accomplishments in
track and basketball.
Margaret Marcello (2003) and Amy
Clabough Glasscock (2003) are both
graduates of Northwestern State
University and the NSU ROTC program.
They were commissioned as Second
Lieutenants together in May 2003 and
ended up in the same unit in Hawaii,
where they were promoted together to
the rank of Captain in July 2006.
Clabough is an Ordnance officer and
Marcello is a Transportation officer.
Clabough did her first tour at Red Stone
Arsenal, AL, while Marcello was at
Camp Humphreys, Korea. Marcello
arrived in Hawaii in January 2005, fol-
lowed by Clabough in April 2005. The
two ended up in the same unit, 524th
Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
(CSSB) and are stationed at Schofield
Barracks, Hawaii. They are currently
serving a year tour at Q-West, Iraq, and
should be home this summer.
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Renovation of Varnado ballroom underway
The grand ballroom of Varnado Hall,
once the setting for afternoon teas, recep-
tions and other formal events, is in the
early stages of a restoration project that
will encourage the room's use by stu-
dents, alumni, faculty and campus organ-
"At one time, it was the grandest
place. It was just beautiful/'
-Moxine Soiillwrhind (1942. 1957)
Southerland is a project volunteer
who has been involved with redecorating
Varnado twice before. "It will take a lot
of effort to bring it back. Our hope is that
it will be used for a variety of university
In recent months, the room was
repainted in fresh neutrals and frayed car-
pet was removed to reveal a parquet floor.
The original massive chandeliers have
been cleaned and new pieces of furniture
and rugs have been added, but more fur-
nishings, draperies, lamps, greenery, a
clock and decorative accents are needed.
Volunteers hope that the space,
which could accommodate up to 1 50 peo-
ple, will be utilized for a variety of din-
ners, faculty and alumni receptions,
meetings and student social events.
They are seeking donations of furnish-
ings, appointments or monetary gifts to
help with the project.
"We have the Natchitoches Room in
Russell Hall, but that does not have the
atmosphere of this room," said Dr.
Patricia Pierson, head of the Department
of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Pierson said the setting would be ideal to
showcase the culminating projects creat-
ed by students in the culinary arts pro-
gram in which presentation is key.
Southerland envisioned Symphony
Varnado Ballroom 1940
Society receptions and alumni luncheons
taking place in the room.
"It became obvious to me that some-
thing needed to be done after one of our
50-year reunions," said Robert Crew,
executive assistant to the university pres-
ident. "Some of our alumni were having
dinner on the lawn and asked to see the
ballroom and they nearly came away in
Varnado opened in 1940 as the New
Women's Dormitory and was later named
in honor of Dean Edwards Varnado, dean
of women, whose picture Southerland
plans to hang in the ballroom.
"We used the ballroom for receptions
and large group meetings. In order to
teach us the social graces, we had teas on
Sunday afternoons and we would have to
come dressed up, in our gloves, and act
like ladies," Southerland remembered.
The volunteers hope that revitalizing
the room will encourage student groups
to use and appreciate it as well.
"Mrs. Brenda Webb and I plan to
carefully select furnishings and acces-
sories that will not only bring elegance
back to the room, but also be functional
for today's students and their activities,"
said Janay Matt, assistant director of
Alumni Affairs. Matt and Webb have
already chosen two new couches and a
rug that were placed in front of the ball-
room fireplace, comfortable furnishings
for the TV room and tables and chairs for
the foyer. A grand piano would be a wel-
come addition, Southerland said.
Anyone interested in contributing the
restoration of the ballroom in Varnado
should contact Director of Alumni and
Development Dr. Chris Maggio or Janay
Matt at (318) 357-4414.
COE seeking nominations for Distinguished Educators
Northwestem's College of
Education Alumni Advisory Board is
seeking nominations for its Hall of
Distinguished Educators for 2008. The
inductees will participate in NSU
homecoming activities in the fall.
If you know of an outstanding
College of Education alumnus who has
had a distinguished career in education,
please send the nominee's resume or
other documentation outlining the rea-
son for the nomination to Jimmy Berry,
Chair, Alumni Advisory Board, 454
Whiteoak Lane, Natchitoches, LA
71457 or email to jandmberry@sudden-
link.com. Additional information is
available from Berry at 3 1 8-357-8546
or Dr. Brenda Hanson in the College of
Education at (318) 357-5518 or dai-
firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to sub-
mit 2008 nominations is July 15.
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New Foundation Board Members
Scott Andrews of Baton Rouge and Richard Zulick of Dallas are
the newest members of the Northwestern State University
Andrews earned a degree in political
science at NSU in 1992 and is a graduate
of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at
Louisiana State University. A native of
Jonesboro. he is an attorney with Due",
Price, Guidry, Piedrahita and Andrews in
As an undergraduate at Northwestern,
Andrews was president of the Student
Government Association, a student member on the Alumni Board
of Directors, member and officer of Kappa Alpha Order, and a
member of Blue Key National Honor Fraternity. At LSU, he was
a member of the Louisiana Law Review, the Order of the Coif,
the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the LSU Law Center
Hall of Fame. He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and
Andrews currently serves on the executive committee of
Wex Malone American Inn of Court and the Small Law Firm
Customer Advisory Board for Thom.son West Publications. He
serves as a House delegate to the Louisiana State Bar
Association and is on the La. State Bar Association legislative
committee. He previously served on the NSU Alumni Board and
is a member of the President's Council. Andrews is married to
Charlotte Clifford Andrews and they have two children.
"I look forward to continuing my service to Northwestern
and taking a more active role through Foundation board mem-
bership with the hope of increasing funding for the university
and attracting high quality recruits," he said.
A native of Natchitoches, Zulick
earned a degree in business/finance at
Northwestern in 1993, where he was a
member of Young Republicans and held
several offices in Kappa Alpha Order. He
was an instructor for several NSU base-
ball camps under former Coach Jim
Zulick is senior vice president in the
Investment Management Division of Lehman Brothers, a glob-
al investment bank, where he advises on and manages invest-
ment portfolios for domestic and foreign corporations, founda-
tions and individuals. He is married the former Denise Hyatt
and has two daughters, Avery Katherine, 3, and infant Lauren
"1 would like to apply my experience and resources in
investment advisory and management to the Foundation and
help it grow in terms of assets and professional management,"
Zulick said. "Also, I would like to use my participation on the
board as a learning experience relative to how the Foundation
serves the university, students, and faculty, to help better serve
and fund needed projects, scholarships and professorships. It is
clear that the priorities for the Foundation are to fund scholar-
ships but to also supplement funding needed for upgrades to
facilities and student/faculty services."
New Alumni Board Members
Dr. Lisa Landr\' Mathews of Benton and Patricia Wiggins
Hrapmann of Destrehan are the newest members of the
Northwestern State University Alumni Board of Directors.
Hrapmann earned an undergrad-
uate degree in English education
with a minor in Spanish at
Northwestern in 1973 and received
an M.Ed. -Reading Specialist in
1978. She teaches academically
■ '^^^m' ^ gifted students at Destrehan and
■^0^^^-' .^H Hahnville high schools. She achieved
National Board Certification in 2000
and is a National Board mentor. She was named Teacher of
the Year at Evergreen Jr. High and Landry Middle School.
She was inducted into the NSU College of Education Hall
of Distinguished Educators in 2002.
As an undergraduate, Hrapmann was a member of
Sigma Sigma Sigma and publicity chairman for the
Association of Women Students. For the Monroe native,
attending NSU was a family tradition.
"My brother Randy Wiggins and I are third generation
Northwestern graduates. Our grandparents, Claude and
Daisy Dupree, both graduated, our parents, Lou Dupree
and Parker Wiggins, were both graduates and then Randy
and his wife Ginger and my husband Kenny and I are both
graduates. Northwestern has been a critical part of our lives
influencing our interests and successes," she said.
"1 would like to encourage more alumni to get
involved with the university," Hrapmann said. "There are
many opportunities for alumni to show their support. Also,
1 have a unique opportunity through my contacts with stu-
dents to encourage them to consider attending
A native of Bossier City,
Mathews graduated from the
Louisiana Scholars" College in 1992,
earning a bachelor of science in sci-
entific inquiry. As an undergraduate,
she was a member of the Spirit of
Northwestern marching band, the
concert/symphonic band and Purple
Jackets. She was named to Who's
Who in American Colleges and Universities and was
involved with several honor and pre-professional organiza-
tions devoted to biology chemistry and foreign languages.
Mathews graduated from the Louisiana State
University School of Dentistry in 1996 and has been prac-
ticing in the Shreveport-Bossier area since graduation. For
the last 6 years, she has operated a solo practice focusing
on restorative, cosmetic and implant-based dentistry.
■'I hope to increase alumni awareness of current and
future events, programs and scholarships and motivate
alumni to give something back — whether financially,
time-wise, gift-wise or through participation — to the uni-
versity that helped make them what they are today,"
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Centenarian recalls college days at Normal
Mittie Oden Bryan of Shreveport cel-
ebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 2. A
graduate of Louisiana Norman in 1925,
Bryan was in the last class to receive a two-
year teaching certificate. A weekend of
festivities was planned around Bryan's
Bom in Panola County, Texas, in
1907. Bryan graduated form Greenwood
High School in 1923. She was one of seven
children and grew up near Bethany, a com-
munity on the Texas-Louisiana state line.
She was the first person in her family to
"1 had always planned on going to col-
lege. 1 had friends who had gone to
Normal, Ruby Lee Weeks and Nettie Lou
Oden, and it was nearest my home," she
said. "My sister and some friends carried
me to Natchitoches in a 1922 Ford. 1
thought it was a long way from home and 1
was very lonesome when they left me at an
upstairs apartment of one of the professor's
homes, Mr. W.W Tison." Because the dor-
mitories were full, Bryan lived in the apart-
ment for one semester with three other
girls, Sara Berry, Florence Robinson and
Lavelle Kendrick. Some of her other
NSU friends attending the 100th birthday cele-
bration for IVIittie Virginia Oden Bryan (1925)
were, from left, Alida Bishop Casey (1950), Vir-
ginia Ann Metcalf (1953), Bryan, Bob Lee (1968)
and Carol Richmond Lee, who attended NSU
friends and classmates were Elmyra
Landry. Pamela Brand, Winifred Quarles,
Dora Bell Norris, Doris Ratcliff, Nona
Reynolds and Flora Thornton.
At Normal, Bryan was a member and
editor of the Eclectic Literary Society and
played basketball for the group. She was a
member of the YWCA and Seekers After
Knowledge. Some of her teachers were
Thelma Zelinka Kyser (physical education),
Hope Haupt (art), Ralph Ropp (English),
John Kyser (geography), C.B. Boland (pen-
manship) and Katherine Price (music).
Campus life was very different at that
time with rules on visiting and dating
"You could meet a boyfriend inside
the auditorium and you could sit together,
but you couldn't walk to or from the dormi-
tories together... and you certainly could
not go off campus with a boyfriend."
"1 did enjoy my days at Normal and 1
felt that when 1 graduated I was well pre-
pared to teach school," she said. "I loved
teaching and my days at Normal gave me a
Bryan's first job was at Webb
Elementary, a one-room school on
Greenwood Road. She was hired by the
Caddo Parish School District to teach
grades 1-5 for $100 per month. Webb
closed in 1929 and the students transferred
to Jewella Elementary. Bryan was a substi-
tute teacher at four different elementary
schools - Jewella, Judson, Hillsdale, and
Sunset Acres - until 1965.
Bryan's niece, Virginia Metcalf of
Wisconsin (1953), said she chose to attend
Northwestern because her aunt spoke so
highly of the school. Bryan has also main-
tained contact with Alida Bishop Casey
(1950), daughter of her best friend and
classmate, Elmyra Landry.
foreign study tour
P. Worth Thompson (1993) was one of
25 participants, and the first Louisiana par-
ticipant, selected to participate in the
Educators to Saudi Arabia Program.
Thompson was scheduled to travel to Saudi
Arabia March 28- April 10 on a fully funded
study tour focusing on education, industry,
history, culture and global relations.
Thompson is a social studies teacher at the
Louisiana State University Laboratory
To recognize his achievement, NSU
presented Thompson with the Nth Degree
during a reception in Baton Rouge in
The Educators to Saudi Arabia
Program, sponsored by Aramco Services
Company and administered by the Institute
of International Education, is designed to
cultivate awareness of the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia in U. S. schools and communi-
ties. The in-country study program includes
visits to schools, significant cultural and his-
torical sites, and modem industrial facilities
in the cities of Dhahran, Riyadh and Jeddah.
Thompson qualified for the program as
a full-time classroom teacher with a primary
concentration in social studies and a mini-
mum of three years full-time teaching expe-
rience. He has been teaching for 14 years,
eight of those at the University Laboratory
School, and is a National Board Certified
Teacher. Upon review of his application to
participate, an independent selection com-
mittee organized by the Institute of
International Education recommended
Thompson based the quality and feasibility
of his follow-up-plan and the degree to
which his participation will likely impact
the LSU Laboratory School and Baton
Rouge community for years to come.
Give a lasting gift to your graduate
As spring commence-
ment approaches, NSU
alumni and friends begin
to reflect on the wonderful
friends, mentors and mem-
ories they acquired during
their time at Northwestern. A commemorative brick paver in the
new Alumni Plaza is the perfect way to commemorate time spent
at NSU. Please consider the purchase of a brick for yourself, your
loved one or your graduate.
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Recipients will be sent a certificate letting the recipient know
that the brick has been purchased and its location in the Plaza. A
heartfelt gift of this nature is especially appropriate for a new grad-
uate. For a donation of $100, a 3-1/2 by 7-1/2 inch brick can be
purchased with a maximum of three lines of 13 characters,
including spaces, on each line.
For more information on purchasing a brick, call (318) 357-
4243 or send an e-mail to owensd(5)nsula.edu .
Proceeds from the purchase of bricks and other fixtures in
the Alumni Plaza go to scholarships for NSU students.
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©Tamera L. Fontenot was awarded the 2006 Louisiana
Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence. Fontenot
graduated from LSU-Alexandria with an associate's degree in
nursing in 1985 and later received bachelor's and master's
degrees in nursing from Northwestern State University.
Fontenot received her certification as a family nurse practi-
tioner in June 1997, after which she became involved in the state
nurse practitioner organization, serving as newsletter chair,
regional representatives, vice president, public policy chair and a
member of the primary care conference committee.
Fontenot worked in rural health clinics in Melville and
Palmetto before working with Dr. Reginald P. Segar in Eunice.
^OkLisa Blakeway Lohman of Anacoco was named the
^tt^Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year in 2006. A
native of Anacoco, Lohman has been teaching there for 20 years.
She currently teaches honors American history, honors world
history, American history, civics and free enterprise.
Lohman earned a bachelor of science and master's degree
After being named Anacoco High School Teacher of the
Year she went on to compete and win at Vernon Parish High
School Teacher of the Year and Regional Teacher of the Year.
Lohman was also presented with a Distinguished Educator
Plaque from Northwestern State University. She earned both her
bachelor's and masters degrees at NSU.
O Winnie Dowden Wyatt (1953) has another book, soon to
be released, entitled "Three Glass Windows," a novel set in
rural America. Wyatt served as a missionary in Nigeria, West
Africa, where she worked with children's literature. She has had
a number of stories and articles and has edited articles published
by her husband, a dentist, in professional publications. Wyatt's
adult novel, "The Little Dry," was published last year. The
Wyatts have a small registered Angus ranch in Glen Rose, Texas.
They have four sons; two are dentists, one holds a doctorate in
mathematics and is a professor at Tarleton State University and
one is a minister.
O Katie Homayoun will serve as Community Relations
Manager for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, a minor
league baseball team in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Katie joined
the Quakes after completing an internship during the 2006 sea-
son with the Round Rock Express, the Houston Astros Triple-A
Pacific Coast League affiliate. Homayoun earned her masters in
Health and Human Performance from Northwestern and
received her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University.
©William "Billy" Calvert was among the 2007 inductees of
the LHSAA Louisiana High School Coach Association Hall
of Fame. The 1958 Vidalia and 1962 Northwestern State gradu-
ate spent eight years as an assistant coach Jena (1962-63),
Liberty (Miss.) High School (1964-68), Baker High (1968-1970)
before settling down at Delhi.
Calvert served as Delhi's head football and track coach from
1971- 1984. He won .555 percent of his games (81-65) while
leading Delhi to two district titles, three district runner-up finish-
es and five playoff appearances during a 13-year span.
Calvert coached Delhi to its only undefeated season (10-0)
in 1975. Calvert was twice named district coach of the year in
football. His track teams won 10 track championships and quali-
fied competitors to the state track meet every year.
He was Delhi's principal from 1984-1996. During that time,
Calvert served on the LHSAA Executive Committee (1994-
1996), was district chairman, SAC committee chairman (1997-
2000) and serves on the LHSAA compliance team.
For 1 5 years he was the running events referee at the state
track meet. In 1992, he was presented with the LHSAA
Distinguished Service Award.
©Brent Probasco, who has a degree in accounting from
Northwestern, became chief financial officer in July of
Hartselle Medical Center in Hartselle, Tenn.
^>. Laura Clark of Leesville was installed as president of the
^t-' American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Louisiana for
2006-07. Department of Louisiana has 11,695 members within
eight districts throughout the state and continues to grow. As part
of the American Legion family she volunteers and supports pro-
grams and activities to help veterans and their families. Her
theme this year is "Reaching for the Stars. Supporting Veterans
and Veteran families." At NSU, Clark earned a B.A. in
Elementary Education, a MEd. and a Specialist in Reading with
certification in Principalship and Supervision. She is presently a
Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for Vernon Parish
Schools in Leesville.
^l<>^Ilda B. Cardozier of Montgomery was among those hon-
'itt^ored last fall by the College of Education and Human
Development at Southeastern Louisiana University for her
extraordinary contribution to education. Cordozier received her
teaching certificate from Normal in 1935.
Cordozier was presented with a marble plaque etched with
her likeness that will remain on display at the SLU Educator's
Honor Roll at the university's teacher education center.
A<>^ Carolyn Breedlove (1971) of Natchitoches edited the
^4»^ November 2006 release by Red River Express Historical
Publications, "A Glorious Day: The Journal of a Central
Louisiana Governess, 1853-54." The published version of a
handwritten manuscript donated to Kent Plantation House in
Alexandria, the book includes an introduction, numerous foot-
notes, illustrations and appendices. Breedlove researched refer-
ences in the original journal in the NSU and Tulane archives,
genealogical libraries, parish courthouses and through secondary
sources and personal contacts.
The Irish governess who kept the journals at Cedar Grove on
Bayou Robert at Alexandria and at Magnolia Ridge in
Washington recorded not only encountering numerous families
still found in Louisiana (including governors, legislators and rail-
road owners, but daily historical details on topics ranging from
snow and smokehouses to yellow fever and steamboats. The
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annually gather for
shopping and visit-
ing in the historic
town. From left are
Connie Kennedy Waters (1956), Virginia Childress Spencer (1957)
and Genevieve Froust Evans (1957). The four enjoy shopping at
Kaffie-Frederick, talking and "seeing the town we love," according to
Virginia. Kathryn is a retired secretary from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court
of Appeals and lives in Bossier City. Connie is a retired librarian from
Shreveport and the Caddo Parish School System. Virginia is a former
teacher, a former Internal Revenue Service Agent and is a retired Cer-
tified Public Accountant and lives in Fayetteville, Ark. Genevieve is a
retired teacher who lives in Dry Prong.
Serenity Point Deer Hunt
Member of Alpha Phi Alpha celebrated 100 years as a fraternity dur-
ing NSU's Homecoming last fall. According to Mark Spikes, the
group tries to meet in Natchitoches every five years. The 2006 gath-
ering was special because some members had not seen each other
in as many as 15 years. From left are Terrence Martin, Ronald
Wilkins, Joe English, Director of Alumni and Developoment Chris
Maggio, Mark Spikes, Gerald Beasley and Ronald Page.
NSU nursing graduates from 1965 met in Shreveport
for a reunion last fall that included a weekend of shopping, dining,
visiting and sharing fond Northwestern memories.
Traveling the farthest to attend was Judi Hickman Dean of
Alaska, who had not seen many of her classmates for 40 years.
Others attending were Benni Sue Johnson Frambrough of
Arkansas, Susie Wales Morrow of Texas, Linda Malley Bissell of
Natchitoches, Janet Malone Gibbons of Virginia, Janet Githens
Nolan of Shreveport, Phyllis DeRosia Mcintosh of Ruston and Tom-
mye Jo Ensminger Price of Mississippi.
Phyllis brought a surprise guest, Ava Nell McWhorter, who was
the classmates' pharmacology instructor. Not only is "Miss Mc" still
teaching, she is also the mayor of Dixie Inn. It was a joy to visit with
a favorite instructor, who fascinated the group with tales of her life
as a missionary in the Gaza Strip. The classmates also enjoyed a
slide show of photos taken of the group as students and at reunions
held during the years.
In addition to tea room lunches and special dinners, the ladies
explored the new Boardwalk, where they rode the train and visited
some of the shops. As they headed home, many were already look-
ing forward to their next reunion.
The third annual Serenity Point Deer Hunt hosted by Dan and Lilly
Chase was another outdoors adventure for participants, from left
Jeff Martin, Soccer Coach Jimmy Mitchell, Men's Basketball Coach
Mike McConathy (1983), Dr. Chris Maggio (1985), Firal Ryder
(1952), Dan Chase (1957) and Gary Potter.
Alexandria Alumni Gathering
Brenda Tolar Brown, Brandon Brown and Brent Brown (1989)
enjoyed a delicious meal at Tunk's Cypress Inn during an Alexan-
dria Alumni event.
(1988) and Shelby
among the guests at
Shreveport/Bossier Counselor's Lunch
Hosts Mike (1986) and Susanne Knotts visited with JoNell (1962)
and Mack Knotts (1962,1967) during the Shreveport/Bossier Coun-
selor's Luncheon at the University Club.
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State Farm/Bloomington, Illinois, Holiday Gathering
Aaron Lock and Kelly
Lock were recipients of
prizes awarded during
the Bloomington holiday
party. In the background
are Drake Owens, Andy
Baragona and Michelle
A holiday party was held for NSU alumni
employed at the State Farm Insurance
home office in Bloomington, Ind., and their
friends and family. Among the guests were
Kenya Henderson and LaCarlos Williams.
Baton Rouge Reception
Ava Solice of Walker High School, left, and
Emily Moore of LSD Lab School, right, were
named Baton Rouge area recipients of Ted
Jones Scholarships. They were honored at
a recruiting reception in the home of Dan
(1957) and Lilly Chase and congratulated by
NSU recruiter Megan Sandlin Bostick
Susan and Carroll (1967) Long hosted the
Longview, Texas recruiting reception.
Ellen Dutsh (2003), recognized the 2007 Ted
Jones Scholarship Winner for Longview,
John Melvin of Henderson, Texas.
Lake Charles Reception
Lake Charles area Ted
Jones Scholarship win-
ners were, from left,
Amanda Richard of
South Beauregard High
School and Danica Via-
tor of Suphur High
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New Orleans Reception
Sarah Ladner of Franklinton High School
was congratulated by NSU recruiter Megan
Sandlin Bostick (2005) on being named the
Ted Jones Scholarship winner for the Cov-
Dr. Roy (1993) and Kim DiVittorio hosted
the January recruiting reception in their
Ted Jones Scholarship winners from New
Orleans were recognized during an area
recruiting event. From left are Rachel
Fabre of Cabrini High School, NSU
Recruiter Catherine Caldwell (2005) and
Ryan Bonnet of Brother Martin High
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Spirit of Northwestern
seeks funding for new
The "Best Sounding Band in the Land"
is planning to l<eep producing the big sound
Northwestern State fans have come to
expect while the 300-member Spirit of
Northwestern Marching Band keeps looking
The band is working to replace and
standardize some of its instruments which
in some cases are more than 50 years old.
"The university has been very support-
ive of the marching band and has done all it
can do to make the program one of the best
around," said Bill Brent, director of bands
and director of the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr, and
Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Per-
forming Arts. "We are hoping alumni and
friends of the university can help us make
the band even better."
Brent said band instruments can be
expensive. For example, a Sousaphone
can cost up to $6,000. Last fall, the NSU
band had 20 Sousaphones, the oldest of
which was made in 1951. A French horn
costs up to $2,000 while a bahtone will run
between $1,500 and $1,800.
"Over the years, we have bought new
ones as we can, but we have several that
need to be replaced," said Brent.
The Spirit of Northwestern is also look-
ing to replace its eight year old band uni-
Band uniforms cost about $350 each.
Brent said most of the accessories such as
travel boxes, hats, rain ponchos and travel
bags are still in good shape and only a few
need to be replaced.
"Supporting the band program is
among the ways someone can invest in
Northwestern's future," said Brent. "The
band program attracts good students in all
academic areas who are involved in cam-
pus activities and make a difference on
Brent said the band is about 35 per-
cent music majors and draws students from
academic majors across the campus.
According to Brent, the band attracts quali-
ty students who are more likely to stay at
NSU and complete a degree which helps
the university's efforts to retain and gradu-
Band students had an average ACT
score of better than 22 last year, which is
above the national average, and an aver-
age grade point average of 2.91 .
Chris Roper Memorial marks quarter century
Organizers of the 25th annual Chris
Roper Memorial Golf Tournament are
hoping the year's turnout will be the
biggest on record. The event supports a
scholarship that is currently awarded in
the amount of $ 1 ,500 per semester.
The tournament and scholarship
honor Roper, the top golfer on the NSU's
1981 golf team. Roper was killed in a
traffic accident over the Christmas holi-
days in 1982. He was a native of Camden,
Ark., and was a member of the Trans-
American All Conference team placing
ninth in the conference tournament. The
2006 tournament raised $6,000 as pro-
ceeds increase every year. The event is
annually held the last Saturday in April.
The golf tournament, a four-man
scramble, will be held at the Robert W.
Wilson Recreation Complex south of the
NSU campus on Saturday, April 28.
Lunch will be served beginning at 11 a.m.
with play beginning at 1 p.m. The entry
fee is $65, which includes a cart fee and
lunch. Mulligans will be available for $2
each and can be purchased in an unlimit-
ed amount. Prizes will be awarded on a
designated hole for the longest drive and
on one par 3 hole for closest to the hole.
Tee sponsorships are available for $50
each and will be placed around the course
on all tees with sponsors named. Prizes
will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
places in the tournament and door prizes
will be awarded at the end of the day.
Out of towners will be offered a spe-
cial rate at the Country Horse Inn and
Suites (formerly the Comfort Inn) at 1-49
and Highway 6 by mentioning the tourna-
ment. Reservations can be made by call-
ing (318) 352-7500.
All proceeds from the tournament
will go to the Chris Roper Scholarship
"Over the years we have accumulat-
ed approximately $50,000 for this schol-
arship and a new recipient is chosen each
year," said Rick Roper, Chris Roper's
father. "We are currently giving a $1,500
per semester to a student in the Health
and Human Performance program."
For more information or to enter the
tournament, call Hall Adams, NSU Rec
Complex, at (318) 357-3207.
Get great seats now for May 23-26 SLC Baseball Tourney
The 2007 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament is back at beautiful
Brown-Stroud Field on the Northwestern campus May 23-26. Coach Mitch
Gaspard and what figures to be a talent-laden Demon team are counting on
the home field advantage to play a big role in their charge to the tournament
title. The champion gets an automatic invitation to the NCAA Tournament.
Advance ticket purchases guarantee prime seat locations, including box
seats, for each tournament game at a significant savings over the per-game
rate. They also help the NSU Athletic Department recoup the financial guar-
antee required to host the event.
ets button on the left side of the main page, or call the NSU athletic ticket
office at 318-357-4268.
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Demons start '07 football season with two home
NORTHWESTERN STATE DEMONS 2007 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
*Sam Houston State
'Texas State (HOMECOMING)
'Stephen F. Austin
'Southland Conference games
Kickoff times all CST, and are subject to change.
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Please visit www.nsudemons.com for updates
East Meets West
Alumni offering Boston trip for September football game
The NSU Alumni Association will sponsor a trip to Boston, Mass.,
for alumni and friends who want to attend the
Northwestern vs. Northeastern football game
onSaturday, Sept. 15,2007.
The group will depart on Wednesday, Sept. 12 and return on Sunday, Sept. 16.
The cost of the trip is $1 ,060 per person and will include
roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, game tickets
and transportation to and from the game.
Deadline to join the trip is June 1.
For more information, contact Janay IVIatt at
(318) 357-4415 or e-mail email@example.com.
begin in May
Northwestern State's 2007 football
schedule kicks off with two home games
and includes non-conference visits to
Texas Tech and Ole Miss.
The Demons, in their sixth season
under head coach Scott Stoker, will play
four non-league games along with seven
Southland Conference contests. Divi-
sion II power Henderson State and Bos-
ton-based Northeastern are the other
two non-SLC foes along with Texas Tech
and Ole Miss.
The season will be the first under
the new Football Championship Subdivi-
sion (formerly called Division l-AA) des-
ignation for programs at NSU's level.
Home games will have 6 p.m. kickoffs
except for the traditional 2 o'clock after-
noon kickoff for homecoming on Oct. 27
against Texas State. The Demons have
won more than 70 percent of their home
games In three decades at Turpin Stadi-
Season ticket renewals will begin in
May. New season ticket orders can be
placed at that time as well by calling
New Athletic Staff
Broussard named Development
Director, Holloway takes over mar-
keting and promotions
One of the most accomplished stu-
dent-athletes ever at Northwestern State,
has returned to his
alma mater as the
Director for Develop-
ities through the
Northwestern Athletic Association.
He's one of two fresh faces in the
external arm of the NSU Athletics
Department. The new assistant athletic
director for marketing and promotions is
Ryan Holloway, who has a combination
of experience in marketing the athletic
program at Texas State and corporate
marketing in the private sector.
Holloway, a 2002 graduate of Texas
State with a double major in finance and
marketing, moved into his post in late
January. As assistant AD/director of mar-
keting, promotions and ticket operations,
he will formulate marketing strategies,
manage corporate and small business
relations, oversee promotional activities
and ticket sales.
Broussard, a Spring 2000 graduate of
the Louisiana Scholars' College at
Northwestern, earned All- America hon-
ors on the field in 1998 and 1999 and was
recognized as one of the nation's top
Broussard, a native of Crowley, is
married to the former Kendra Peters, a
Lady Demon volleyball player during the
couple's days at Northwestern.
Since October 2005, Holloway has
been working in the Texas State athletic
department as a marketing assistant.
Previously he was a territory sales man-
ager for a distributor of ExxonMobil
Lubricants in Seattle and a senior project
manager for three
years with Creative
At Texas State.
with preseason ticket
keting plans, cultivat-
ing and maintaining corporate sponsors,
and was the lia.son working with Texas
State's student body, including fraterni-
ties, sororities and campus organizations.
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♦ Pledges from a Natchitoches family
will fulfill a scholarship opportunity for a
Northwestern State University music stu-
dent. The Natchitoches Service League
Marcia Thomas Pendleton scholarship will
be awarded annually to an upperclassman
in the Mrs. H.D. Dear and Alice Estelle
Dear School of Creative and Performing
Arts at NSU.
The Marcia Thomas Pendleton schol-
arship was originally established through
the Service League of Natchitoches.
Recently, the Thomas family pledged
$1,500 per year to the NSU Foundation for
The Service League of Natchitoches Mar-
sha Thomas Pendleton Scholarship to ben-
efit a music student will be perpetuated
through support from the Thomas family of
Natchitoches. From left are Dr. Bill Brent,
head of NSU's School of Creative and Per-
forming Art, Service League Past President
Tish McKnight and Mr. and Mrs. G.F.
the next 10 years to award the scholarship
to a music or music education student with
a grade point average of 2 .5 or better. The
family has also agreed to match any contri-
bution the Service League makes toward
Marcia Thomas Pendleton was a life-
long resident of Natchitoches and attended
Northwestern, where she was a member of
Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and the
Student Council. She graduated from
Northwestern in 1973 and LSU Law School
in 1977. She was a practicing attorney in
Natchitoches and a member of the Service
League when she died from breast cancer in
1981 at age 29, leaving a husband and very
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.F. Thomas
Jr., are both 1943 graduates of
Northwestern and have a special interest in
Northwestern 's School of Creative and
♦ An incoming freshman majoring in
mathematics at Northwestern State
University will benefit from a scholarship
created by Jackie Adair of Many. The
Jackie (Jack) Adair Endowed Scholarship
in Mathematics was created with an initial
Alliance Compressors presented the third and final installment of a pledge to the North-
western State University Foundation in January. The donation was the third $10,000
donation the company made to Northwestern over the last three years, fulfilling a
$30,000 pledge. From left are NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, John Henderson,
Alliance supervisor; Dickie Gillott, Alliance team manager; E.J. Billedeaux, Alliance
Employees Relations manager, and Dr. Chris Maggio, NSU director of Alumni and
donation from Adair that will be matched
by ExxonMobil to create a $10,000
endowed scholarship awarded to a student
entering the university in Fall 2007.
The scholarship is open to all current
high school graduating seniors who plan to
attend NSU as math majors. Applicants
must have a 3.0 grade point average to
apply for the scholarship, which is renew-
able for four years if the 3.0 GPA criteria is
Adair graduated from Northwestern
with a degree in mathematics and is retired
from a long career at Exxon Mobil. He was
inspired to create the scholarship after read-
ing about another NSU alumnus who creat-
ed a scholarship at NSU through Exxon-
Mobil's matching program. He hopes the
recipient will be a highly motivated student.
In 2004. Adair created an endowed
professorship in mathematics at NSU in
honor of his parents, Ted and Aleane Adair.
♦ A pledge to the Northwestern State
University Foundation will honor a former
mathematics professor while benefiting a
student majoring in mathematics.
Ellis Coutee and his wife Melva
Juanita Martinez Coutee of Baton Rouge
have pledged $25,000 towards an endowed
scholarship in honor of Dr. William Timon,
to recognize Dr. Timon as an individual
who was very influential over their lives
Timon was a mathematics faculty
member at NSU from 1954-65. When the
Coutees previously established the first
endowed professorship in mathematics, the
Ellis and Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee
Professorship in Mathematics, Timon was
quoted as saying "When I came to
Northwestern, she [Mrs. Coutee] was in her
first semester. She was a very good student
who did well. I am grateful that she and
Ellis have been so successful and have been
able to make this donation to Northwestern.
It's great that they chose to use this dona-
tion in the Department of Mathematics."
Dr. Timon passed away Feb. 7, 2005.
His wife, Katherine Timon of Natchitoches,
said he would be very happy about the
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extended family of her employers, the Prescotts, owned plantations in Rapides, St. Landry
and Avoyelles Parishes with family connections extending to the Shadows on the Teche
in Iberia Parish.
Breedlove graduated from NSU with a major in French and a minor in English. She
completed a master's degree, also at NSU, in history with a cultural resource management
emphasis in 1999. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Mu.
This spring, both her children are graduating, her with son with a Ph.D. from UCLA and
her daughter with a B.A. from Boston University.
Charles E. Castaing of New Iberia, a retired partner in the accounting firm
Castaing, Hussey and Lohan, LLC, along with the rest of his company, were recog-
nized in the January 2007 issue of Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine for 60 years of profes-
sional expertise and tax services for clients in their community.
Castaing maintains an office at the firm and continues to see clients and offer con-
sulting services on a part-time basis. Castaing graduated from NSU in 1952 and served
in the Army in the Field Artillery in Korea. Upon discharge, he joined a New Orleans
accounting firm in 1957, which merged with Heame & Jacobs in 1964. Heame and
Jacobs, formed in 1946 in New Orleans, opened its office in New Iberia in 1948. Castaing
was made a partner in the late 1960s.
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Clara Yvonne Ewing
is retired and lives in
Helen I. Sorrell
retired from Grant
Parish Library in
1995 after 35 years
of service and is cur-
rently a librarian at
Library. She lives in
Barbara L. Haight is
a vice-president at
Products, Inc. mar-
ried and lives in
Whitworth Shelton is
a retired teacher,
married and lives in
Buchanan is retired
and lives in
William V. Bozzelle
is chief accounting
married and lives in
Barbara M. Gunn is
a medical social
worker at Billings
Clinic and lives in
Phillips II is chief
engineer at L&M
Botruc, married and
lives in Many.
is an office manager
Equipment, Inc. and
lives in Coushatta.
Marsee is a teacher
in the Barrow School
District and livees in
Debra Kay Borland
Mack is a remediation
for Stonycreek School
District, married and
lives in Somerset.
Jason Tinsley is the
head men's basket-
ball coach at the
University of North
to Dr. Sonia Cox
Tinsley ('97) and
lives in Lumberton,
Alumnus Brent A. Baker. ASLA,
CLARB, lent his professional talents
to last year's most anticipated project
on campus - the Alumni Plaza. Baker
is a senior associate with BWM
Group, a firm that specializes in plan-
ning and landscape architecture, in
Round Rock. Texas. Baker was
instrumental in the development of
the Plaza, after he was contacted by
Dr. Bill Brent, head of the School of
Creative and Performing Arts.
A native of Paris, Texas. Baker
enrolled in Northwestern"s highly
acclaimed music program with plans
to become a band director. He earned
a degree in music at NSU in 1994.
while holding a student job with the
NSU grounds crew, an extension of
his experience running his own land-
scape maintenance business through-
out high school. Baker's supervisor
on the grounds crew noticed he had a
knack for the work and encouraged
him to pursue a career in a horticul-
Baker earned a second degree in
landscape architecture from Texas A
& M University in 1998. He then
moved to Austin and has lived in that
area ever since. He is a registered
landscape architect in Texas and
Arkansas and currently heads up the
commercial and private development
studio for his firm. Baker has been
involved on teams for such projects as
the Austin Bergstrom Airport. Texas
State History Museum. Lady Bird
Johnson Wildflower Center Trail
Restoration. IKEA, and most recently
served as landscape architect for an
Extreme Makeover Home Edition
build in Austin.
From 2002 - 2005 Baker served a
three-year term as the President of the
Texas State Chapter of the American
Society of Landscape Architects and
is currently the Vice Chair for the
Professional Advisor)' Board for the
TAMU LAUP Program.
At Northwestern. Baker played
trumpet in the Spirit of Northwestern
Marching Band, the wind ensemble,
the jazz and brass ensembles and was
involved with the Baptist Student
Union and Phi Mu Alpha music frater-
When the Alumni Plaza project
was under development. Bill Brent
remembered that Baker was working
as a landscape architect, contacted
him and involved him in the planning.
"It was great to work on a project
that merged my present talents with
my past experiences... what a thrill to
be asked to be involved in a project
for an area where I spent 75 percent of
my time in school."
Baker has fond memories of his
years in Natchitoches and named Bill
Brent and a former assistant band
director Bob Upton as mentors.
"The music program at
Northwestern was a big family." he
said. "I enjoyed going to school in a
small town, the atmosphere of
Natchitoches, Cane Ri\er Cream Pie
from Lasyone's. and most of all the
Baker's wife is the former Angela
Kyle, who attended Northwestern for
two years and played clarinet in the
band. The two are high school sweet-
hearts and today have two children,
Jonathan and Katelyn.
Alumni Columns Spring 2007 / 13
Angie Chance Griffis
is employed by
Georgetown ISD as
a fourth grade lan-
guage arts and
teacher at Ford
Elementary. She is
married and lives in
Julie Roy Longlois is
coordinator of the
Programs at NSU
and lives in
Dr. Bryan Randolph
is a physician at
Foot Specialist of
and lives in
Taylor is an assistant
nurse manager at
married and lives in
Dr. Sonia Cox
Tinsley is an assis-
tant professor and
coordinator of the
Program at the
University of North
Pembroke. She is
married to Jason
Tinsley ('89) and
lives in Lumberton,
Matt Thompson has fol-
lowed a varied and diverse
career path that actually began
before his graduation from
Northwestern in 2000.
Thompson is the marketing
manager for the Louisiana
Boardwalk on the Red River in
Bossier City, the largest
lifestyle center for shopping,
dining and entertainment in
Louisiana. He is responsible for
radio and TV buys, promotions
and coordinating special
monthly events, such as the
Bowl pep rally, Mardi Gras
parade parties and other family-
Before earning his degree
in broadcast journalism with a
minor in business marketing,
Thompson had already acquired
professional experience by
completing a hands-on intern-
ship at the NBC Corporate
Studios at Rockefeller Center in
New York, where he worked on
several NBC television pro-
grams, including "NBC
Dateline" and "Saturday Night
Live." Back in Shreveport fol-
lowing graduation, Thompson
hosted a morning radio show,
"Melinda & Matt in the
Morning" on Mix 102.9, and
later became involved with
casting for MTV programs such
as "Real World" before joining
the media staff at First Baptist
Bossier. After two years. Matt
took a business opportunity of a
lifetime as the Marketing
Manager for the Boardwalk.
A Bossier City native and
Airline High School graduate,
Thompson transferred to
Northwestern from Louisiana
State University after his fresh-
man year of college, attracted
not only by the high caliber
broadcast journalism program
NSU offers, but also by the
more personal involvement
between faculty and students at
a smaller school.
"At LSU, I was in a class
with 150-200 people. At NSU,
it was 30-40 students. I was
able to go to a professor and
they would know me by name,
rather than a number," he said.
At North westem, Thompson
was involved with Sigma Nu,
the journalism department, the
Business Club, and did some
work with the Student
Government Association and
Student Activities Board. He
particularly enjoyed political
science classes with Dr. Alex
Aichinger. Ten years from now
Matt sees himself using some
of the things he learned in
Aichinger "s class to pursue a
career in politics.
Thompson comes from a
family of Demons. His father,
brother and step-sister are all
Northwestern alumni. He is the
only person within the Demon
family of graduates to pursue a
career outside education. He
made a point to brag on his
brother, Stewart, a high school
math teacher at Benton High
School, who received the honor
of Regional High School
Teacher of the Year and had the
opportunity to compete for
State High School Teacher of
Matt's goal for the
Louisiana Boardwalk is to keep
it family-friendly and enjoyable
for all ages who want to shop,
eat, see a movie or enjoy any of
the special events. Matt also
makes it a priority to work
closely and volunteer with non-
profit organizations. Matt has
worked with the St. Jude,
American Heart Association,
Louisiana State Police, Big
Brothers/Big Sisters, Girl
Scouts/Boy Scouts of America,
Volunteers of Youth Justice,
"Families come in droves
because they feel safe here," he
Thompson's Christian faith
is important to him and he
brings an element of it into his
work. For instance, in
December, the Boardwalk
referred to its holiday focal point
as a Christmas tree, rather than a
"holiday tree." Currently, Matt
is working with First Baptist
Bossier to put on the 2nd Annual
Easter Eggstravaganza with
over 50,000 Easter eggs.
"My top priorities are faith,
family and friends, in that order
— and then work." he said.
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Eric Dutile is a
tive for State Farm
and a wedding pho-
tographer. He is
married to latum
Lyies Dutile ('99)
and lives in Pineville.
Lisa Horst Gros is
teacher, married and
lives in Ponchatoula.
latum LyIes Dutile is
a manager at the
Town Talk and
owner of Prolmage
Photography. She is
married to Eric
Dutile ('97) and lives
employed by Bossier
Parish School Board
as a teacher, mar-
ried and lives in
Gauthier is the head
orchestra director for
Branch ISD and
lives in Carrollton,
is employed by the
as a border patrol
Agent and lives in
Prince is a develop-
ment assistant at
University and lives
Chante Bellard is an
account executive at
The Katy Times and
lives in Katy, Texas.
Simpson is a tech-
teacher for the Dal-
School District and
lives in Duncanville,
Hebert is a first
grade teacher at St.
married to KJ Hebert
('01) and lives in
Courtney Lynn Hilton
is an accountant for
and lives in
Guidroz is earning
his doctorate at
School. He is mar-
ried to Kelly R.
Guidroz ('05) and
lives in Memphis,
Steven Gentry is a
for the United States
Air Force and is sta-
tioned at Scott AFB
Breithaupt is an
nician at Walt Disney
World and lives in
Raquel Hill is direc-
tor of integrated
marketing and public
relations at Clear
Shreveport and lives
in Bossier City.
Grant Woodson is a
band director for
School District and
lives in Waco, Texas.
'25 Marie Toups,
Lockport, January 20, 2007
'29 Helen Elizabeth Turnley Thompson,
December 21, 2006
'35 Willie Parrish Barr,
Winnlleld, October 9, 2006
'39 Watkins S. Peyton, Sr,
Nederland,Texas, October 21, 2006
'43 Terry Stroud,
Natchitoches, November 6, 2006
"47 Charles A. Ross,
Beaumont, Texas, July 31 , 2006
'52 Beth Mchuffy Johnson,
Harrisonburg, January 29, 2006
'56 Helen Jackson,
Winnfield, February 2, 2007
'57 Irene Frances Cheatwood Ferguson,
May 11, 2006
'57 Johnny C. Stuchlik,
Nederland, Texas, June 16, 2006
75 Lynn E. Lenard,
Denton, Texas, August 31, 2006
'58 Nancy Huff Whittington,
Jackson, Miss., June 10, 2006
Myron Carl Russell,
Bossier City, December 10, 2006
'59 Alva R. Lary,
Montgomery, January 23, 2007
Donald Raymond Purser,
Winnfield, January 4, 2007
Alumni Columns Spring 2007 / 15
During the 1980s, a group of students who shared
a common bond — the love of water rushing beneath
their feet, the feel of the gleaming sun on their backs
and the excitement that came with adventure - formed
the NSU Ski Team. The team enjoyed competition,
skillful exhibition and friendship.
These students saw action in different meets in
many different cities. In these meets, they met new
faces that also shared their love of skiing. They had the
opportunity to show-off their best skills in hopes of
winning a trophy or simply enjoying the fun. In every
sense of the word, this group of young students created
many waves of their own.
The Purple Jackets were founded in 1927 by President V.L. Roy and is tlie
oldest honor club on campus. Adorned in purple and white, colors depict-
ing loyalty, the Purple Jackets serve as the university's official hostesses.
The yourig women selected for Purple Jackets have demonstrated good
scholarship, good character and an interest in service. Can you name the
Purple Jacket officers from 1956-57? The first 10 readers to contact the
Alumni Affairs office at (318) 357-4415 will win a prize.
Congratulations to the following
individuals who correctly identified the
1970 twirling line. They were Charlotte
Gunter, Starr Autry, Gayle Moody, Vicki
Chandler, head twirler Linda Williams,
Kathy Lee, Joan Sullivan, Sandra
Goudeau and Charlotte Sullivan.
Mrs. Lynette Tanner- 1971
Frog more, LA
Al (1971) & Jo Ann (1970) Dombrowski
Bonita Springs, FL
Susan Bamhill Howard— 1 972
Georgie Robertson— 1 97 1
Round Rock, TX
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Alumni Information Update
Visit our website at www.northwestemalunini.coni and click on "Update our files" or use this printed form.
Please fill this page out as completely as possible. We are constantly revising our records and your information
updates are vital to making the system work. The information from this form is also used for entries in the "Class
Notes" section. Please make a copy of this page and give it to any NSU graduate who may not be on our list. We
can't keep in touch with you if we can't find you! Thank you.
Name: (Miss, Mrs. Mr.)
Please Circle Last
NSU undergraduate degree(s):
NSU graduate degree(s):
.Year of graduation:.
Year of graduation:.
During which years did you attend NSU?_
Which organizations were you involved in while a student at NSU?_
Place of employment
Is your spouse an NSU graduate? Yes
If yes, what degree(s) did he / she earn?
Spouse's undergraduate degree (s)
Spouse's graduate degree (s)
_Year of graduation.
_Year of graduation.
Do you have children who are potential Northwestern students? Please tell us their names, contact information,
and what high school they attend.
Please return to: Alumni Center • Northwestern State University • Natchitoches, LA 71497
If you would like information from Admissions, Financial Aid or the NSU Athletic Association, you
can contact them at the following address:
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Room 109, Roy Hall
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Former Demon basketball players were treated to lunch and recognized during a Feb. 3 game. Players from the past attending the
annual reunion were, from row from left, George Davis, Ken Shaw, Charles Thomas, Sammy Booras, Michael Edwards, Alan Hardin,
Reginald Grace and James Hardin. On the second row are Edgar Gaddis, Waple Lilley, Jerry Byrd, Johnny Martin, Randy Veuleman,
Don Ashworth and Odis Faust. On the third row are Bernard Wagner, Robert Dorcheus, Jim Willis, William Haile, Richard Pullig, Elvin
McCann, Dan Poole, John McConathy and James McConathy. On the back row are Lovick Johnson, Jimmy Leach, Jim Adkins, Jimmy
Stewart, Bob Pender, Mickey Crnkovic, David Clark and Ernest Reliford.
Northwestern State University
Natchitoches, LA 71497-0002